Hastings MN Horse Boarding

Ride Aside: Side Saddle Explained by Amber Asbell

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Aiken, South Carolina. If you are not familiar with Aiken, it is a horse paradise. Almost every discipline can be found there. I was fortunate enough to hook up with Amber Asbell, a sidesaddle professional. I asked her to share her Side Saddle story. "I don’t see how you do it." That’s what they always say. But I say, ”it’s not that hard, it really isn’t.” Imagine the ladies that rode 100 years ago. They generally weren't that strong, and they stayed on! It’s all about body mechanics. Once you learn where your anchor is, you can ride...

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Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center at CHC

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center offers dressage riding instruction and training from Training Level through FEI. She welcomes both young and experienced horses and riders. Price has earned a USDF Bronze and Silver medal and many national, regional and state championships at all levels of dressage and offers more than 25 years of training experience. Additionally she has coached several students to their bronze medal and her assistant trainer Ginger Coleman to her silver. Price utilizes classical methods that adhere to the training scale and take care to work each horses' individual...

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Making the Most While Staying Home

Remember the wise saying “when given lemons, make lemonade.” This is true now with the current status of the EHV-1 virus and travel restrictions; some barns are even limiting horse professionals.  I reached out to see what you were doing to keep things fresh after a long, cold winter and the postponing of spring travels and adventures. “I’ve taken this time to try out some new bits on a horse that is a bad head tosser, and finally found a good match!  I am doing a ton of groundwork and trick training.  I have got my trick horse pawing, doing a Spanish walk, nodding yes, smiling and lifting...

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A Day with a Sleigh

John Dusek III, owner of Cornerstone Horse Complex, recently surprised his wife Barb with a Valentine’s Day sleigh ride.  He planned this with the help of Sue Lockling who offered the use of her horses Trixie and Hogan. Thankfully it was a beautiful and sunny day with plenty of fresh snow.   John’s wife Barb, dressed warmly and she was happily surprised to discover a horse and sleigh waiting for her when she arrived at Cornerstone.  John even brought their dog Axel, who was also dressed for the occasion. Barb and John were in a Red Cutter driven by Trixie, while Sue followed with her pony...

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Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show Rocks Cornerstone Horse Complex

Mon Cheval Training Center held a Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show at Cornerstone Horse Complex, on February 16, 2014. There was a large turnout of riders and 100 plus spectators. With more than 50 rides and 8 flat classes, it was a huge success! The show featured Dressage, Western Dressage, English/Western Dressage Suitability and English/Western Dressage Equitation classes. Mindy Price, trainer for Mon Cheval Training Center, was very pleased with the level of competition. Cindy Anderson was the judge and Karen Otto scribed, both did a wonderful job. Leah Lombardo, riding Pharaoh, won the Champion...

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Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter

Exercising your horse during Minnesota winters can be difficult.  Usually you have the challenge of a horse with a heavy winter coat and unpredictable temperatures.  Some people choose to body clip their horse, which makes the cooling down process quicker, but others do not have this option.  After a good work out horses need to be properly cooled down before putting them back outside or trailering them home.  If they are not properly cooled down they risk the chance of catching a chill, which can make them more susceptible to infections or other problems. Misty Caston, owner of Wiksmart...

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Merry Christmas!

 “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent with family and friends,” Margaret Thatcher Our family had some Christmas traditions when I was growing up, now I have added a few new ones. Besides going to church and exchanging presents, we like to make a fresh batch of horse treats to share with our horse and his friends. I thought it might be fun to reach out and ask what horse traditions you have for Christmas; I had some interesting traditions shared: “We go on a sleigh ride.” “I love to ride in the snow.” “We take our Christmas family photo in the barn...

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Embrace Winter Horseback Riding

Winter has finally hit Minnesota. It is very important that you keep warm and safe during winter riding. I found several articles on this topic and am including a few.  I highly recommend you read these before riding during these dangerously cold temperatures.  Please remember I am not a veterinarian or horse professional, simply a recreational rider and one that prefers to stay warm. http://voices.yahoo.com/10-tips-horseback-riding-safely-winter-5469945.html http://bangordailynews.com/2011/11/18/outdoors/winter-horseback-riding-can-be-fun-but-special-care-is-needed/ http://horses.about.com/od/seasonalcare/qt/winteridingtips.htm As...

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Thank You for My Horse!

For me Thanksgiving is more than eating turkey and Black Friday shopping.  It is a time for me to reflect on all the things that bring me happiness and gratitude. I am thankful to God for giving me my great family and friends, to my husband for being supportive of my endeavors, my daughter who brings me great joy and both my pets including my cat and horse.  This brings me to my topic for this week's blog, why are we thankful for our horse/horses and/or for whom are we thankful? For me I am grateful for boarding at an INCREDIBLE barn and having a very talented trainer who is teaching both my daughter...

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Meet our Trainer Angela Porter

Angela Porter of Steel Crest Stables offers horse training and riding lessons to both students and horses. She has been training horses for 20 years and focuses on Saddlebreds and also welcomes Morgans and Arabs. While English Pleasure is her specialty she offers expertise in hunt seat and western pleasure. She is accepting new clients and offers lesson horses if needed. Porter was an assistant trainer at the highly regarded Devore Stables in KY and is now back to her home state of Minnesota at Cornerstone Horse Complex. She was awarded the 2011: Aslan WK, Tri-State Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open...

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